The wind blew in. The wind blew out. It forced fielders to make circus catches on what should have been routine fly balls. That is, when it wasn’t simply carrying those balls — as well as little foul pops — out of reach.
Simply, a very windy Wednesday proved to add an arbitrary and uncontrollable element to games.
But with fans hunkered down — many buried in jackets and even blankets — games went on, with some extending into extra innings.
Below is our game story on Suffern’s late-inning comeback against powerful Clarkstown South with some extra notes, as well as a look at what else occurred. –Nancy
WEST NYACK Sami Iodice calls it her “weakness.”
The outside corner.
And so with the score tied in the seventh and two outs and an 0-2 count on her — both strikes coming on outside pitches — the Suffern senior inched up on the plate.
One pitch and one swing later, Suffern was on its way to a 5-3 win over host Clarkstown South Wednesday.
That go-ahead single, as well as Madison Scanlon’s equally clutch, game-tying single moments earlier off a Briana Keaveney outside curve, got relief pitcher Gabby Caccamo off the hook and gave her the victory.
Caccamo, who replaced starter Kate Wood in the bottom of the sixth with two on and one out and the score tied 2-2, rifled the ball way over third while trying to nail Sara Herskowitz, who had strayed toward home on Kathy Fishkin’s hot liner back to Caccamo. The error allowed Herskowitz to score the lead run.
“I had to do it for Gabby,” Iodice said. “Everyone makes errors and mistakes.”
Iodice’s hit to right-center highlighted an unlikely win for the now 6-3 Mounties.
Both teams had to battle a ferocious wind, with Suffern assistant coach Gabby Somma quipping at one point, “Mother Nature … the 10th player.”
Both teams were denied runs when extra-base hits became ground-rule doubles, slipping under the outfield fence and limiting runners’ advancement.
Suffern pounded out 12 hits and South 10, with South leaving 11 runners on base and Suffern seven.
The Vikings, who are now 7-2, took a 2-0, first-inning lead on a Brianna Turchiarelli double.
The score stayed that way until the Mounties knotted things in the top of the sixth on Caccamo’s two-out, two-RBI double to right.
Suffern head coach Melissa Luciano said of her team’s two-out hitting, “I told the girls we have to battle to the last out. Even with two outs, you have a lot of life.”
Notes: Pointing out that Suffern dropped a couple of games over the recent spring break, Luciano termed Wednesday’s win, “Huge, huge — even just as a morale booster. We know South is phenomenal,” she said. … The first-year head varsity skipper noted she had told Iodice she wasn’t going to get anything good to hit her last time up and to expect outside pitches. … Wood (AKA Woody) wasn’t pitching poorly when sent to the outfield and Caccamo, who’d been out there, replaced her. She’d given up a one-out infield single to a hustling Herskowitz (Herskowitz advancing to second on a throwing error), then walked No. 2-hitter Keaveney. But Luciano said Wood has pitched a lot of innings of late and she wanted to get a fresh arm in. Caccamo had a lot of pop and set the Vikings down in order in the seventh. … While it might have been lost a bit because of her adrenaline-fueled throwing error, Caccamo made a nice grab on Fishkin’s liner, which was absolutely scorched. … If Keaveney could be granted one do-over, she might well choose her 0-2 pitch to No. 9 hitter Allie Wood, leading off the seventh. It sailed up and in and clipped Wood, starting the Mounties’ game-winning rally. Nicki Checkla followed with a bunt single down the third-base line. Keaveney nearly got out of trouble. She struck out Casey Macchia on a low, outside pitch and after Kate Wood was given new life when her wind-blown foul pop off third was dropped, Keaveney got Wood to ground back to her for a first-to-third force. But that brought up Scanlon. …
Best of the rest: Tuckahoe’s Cassie McGrath had an absolute monster day. Basically, it was Ruthian. The Tuckahoe pitcher hurled a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts in a 15-0 win over visiting Woodlands and had four hits, including a home run, scored three times and had seven, yes, seven, RBI. … That RBI number was topped only by Amanda Gonzalex, who homered twice and drove in a head-shaking eight in host Putnam Valley’s 19-14 win over Croton. Gonzalez, who scored four times, had a two-run and three-run homer among her four hits. Putnam Valley actually trailed 14-3 entering the fifth inning. Susanna Granieri had three RBI and Justine Ortiz scored four runs and had two RBI for Put Valley. Meghan Giordano homered and drove in two runs for Croton. … Harrison turned its first-ever triple play but Wednesday belonged to visiting Eastchester, which won going away, 11-2. Francesca Chiodi struck out 14 and Victoria Biancavilla had three RBI and Casey Dell’Aera two RBI for the Eagles. Christina DeCarlo hit a two-run homer for the Huskies. … Skylynn Roman had four RBI as host Port Chester topped Peekskill 12-4. Kristen Miloro, Cassandra Lagana and Kate Cochrane also doubled and drove in two each for the Rams … Brittany Blair drove in three runs as Saunders beat host Yonkers 10-4. Jessica Troy had two RBI for Yonkers. … Cirila Goyco had three hits, scored a run and drove in another as visiting Yonkers Montessori edged Hastings 7-6. Ashley Suarez also had an RBI and scored for Yonkers Montessori. Billie White and Lauren DeSouza had two RBI each for Hastings. … Raina Gorman struck out 13, Casey Foley drove in two runs and Megan Canfield homered to lead visiting Ardsley past Dobbs Ferry 5-1. Caitlin Perry had two hits and drove in Dobbs Ferry’s run. … Julia Bauer had four RBI as host Kennedy defeated Sacred Heart 4-1 in the opener of a make-up doubleheader. Kennedy took the nightcap 12-3. Jasmine Valez had three hits, scored three runs, stole three bases and drove in three runs. Katelynn Ryan homered and had two RBI and Bauer had three triples and two RBI. Molly Feeney went the distance on a six-hitter. … Jaclyn Vormittag drove in three runs, including the eighth-inning game winner, as host Nanuet topped Tappen Zee 16-15. Alana Prosapio also had four RBI and Courtney Carbone three for Nanuet. Stephanie Cambrea had six RBI for TZ. … Hackley’s Jill Dressler struck out eight and had two hits and Melanie Variano had an RBI but the visiting Hornets fell 3-2 to Riverdale. Riverdale scored the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh with Annie Reiner driving in Madison Kahn. Kahn had 12 K’s for Riverdale. … Daniela Chiorazzi, Siobhan Collins and Amanda Schweitzer each drove in two runs as North Rockland beat host East Ramapo 15-3. Deangle Jimenez and Mandy Langlois each drove in a run for East Ramapo, Langlois connecting for a solo homer. … Maya Weber had four hits and two RBI as visiting Edgemont beat Irvington 12-5. Sarina Stein had two triples and two RBI for the Bulldogs.